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Best Cheap Home Internet and TV Bundles of 2022

Prefer to get internet and TV together? Here are the best, and cheapest, internet and TV bundles you'll find from the top providers.

If you plan on getting high-speed internet and TV service from the same provider, you might as well bundle them together. There's definitely a convenience factor to bundling, but it could also save you some money up front and on your monthly bill. Equipment upgrades, contract buyout offers or other signup bonuses may also be available when you bundle, depending on the internet providers in your area and the bundle.

That said, internet and TV service can be rather expensive and confusing. You'll find my picks for the best cheap internet and TV bundle packages below, as well as what's included with them and what it may cost to upgrade to a better TV package with more channels and local sports.

The best cheap internet and TV bundles

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  • Starting monthly price: $125 plus taxes and fees
  • Bundle savings: $0
  • Max internet speeds: 300Mbps down, 300Mbps up
  • Channel count: 160-plus
  • Tech: Fiber internet, satellite TV

The cheapest AT&T internet and TV bundle comes with max download and upload speeds of 300Mbps and at least 65 or 160 live TV channels, depending on the TV service you choose. On the internet side of the bundle, AT&T Fiber 300 is one of the best internet deals available starting at just $55 per month with equipment and unlimited data included. As for TV, AT&T gives customers two options that are essentially the same service: DirecTV (satellite TV) or DirecTV Stream (live TV streaming), both of which are a bit pricey; neither currently include a discount for bundling with internet. 

The Entertainment package is the cheapest available with both DirecTV and DirecTV Stream, but the satellite version is $5 less per month, at least for the first year. It also technically comes with around 100 more channels. Still, AT&T internet plus DirecTV Stream will be the better long-term deal.

Standard DirecTV service (satellite) comes with higher equipment costs and fees than DirecTV Stream, not to mention a two-year contract requirement that locks you in for a significant price jump after the first year. DirecTV Stream requires no contract and, while "prices are subject to change at any time," there isn't the same price increase after 12 months like with DirecTV. Yes, there are 100 or so more channels available with the satellite service, but those are largely just filler channels, like East/West versions of the same network and lots of music channels.

Speaking of channels, if you want your regional sports networks (the primary reason many have a traditional TV subscription, myself included) you'll need to upgrade to the Choice package. It's $70 per month with standard DirecTV service ($122 after 12 months) or $75 per month with DirecTV Stream ($90 after two months). There's also a regional sports fee that will add $10 or more to your bill.

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  • Starting monthly price: $138 plus taxes and fees
  • Bundle savings: $0
  • Max internet speeds: 50Mbps down, 3Mbps up
  • Channel count: 140-plus
  • Tech: Cable internet, cable TV

Cox once had the best TV and internet bundle discounts of any major provider: Up to 60% or higher in savings compared to if you purchased services separately. Those bundle discounts aren't available anymore, unfortunately, and adding TV to your Cox internet plan could be costly.

Cox Internet Essential starts at $40 per month, but when you add an actual TV service (not the TV Streaming package which is little more than a streaming device rental for $5 per month), the price jumps to $138. You will get a decent channel lineup for the added cost, however, as 140 or so networks including your regional sports channels come with the package.

About that "streaming" bundle. It doesn't include any live channels. In fact, there is no content with the streaming bundle at all other than a free subscription to Peacock Premium (normally $5 per month). What customers do get, for an extra $5 per month, is the Cox Contour Stream Player. It's a pretty nifty streaming device but, again, does not include any live channels and that monthly fee means it will quickly cost more than a good streamer like the Roku Express Plus 4K.

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  • Starting monthly price: $105 plus taxes and fees
  • Bundle savings: $10 per month
  • Max internet speeds: 500Mbps down, 500Mbps up
  • Channel count: 85-plus
  • Tech: Fiber internet, streaming TV

Frontier stopped offering its own TV service to new customers and instead now partners with providers like DirecTV, Dish and YouTube TV to sell internet and TV bundles. The YouTube TV bundle is the best deal as it's the only one to come with a discount -- $10 off per month for the first year. 

When it comes to home internet, Frontier didn't get our best review but that's largely due to the DSL side of the service. Frontier FiberOptic is easier to recommend as the cheapest internet bundle comes with impressive starting speeds of up to 500Mbps. 

As for YouTube TV, CNET's Ty Pendlebury named it "the best premium live TV streaming service." Your subscription comes with an assortment of at least 85 channels and includes your locals and channels you'll actually want to watch like AMC, ESPN, HGTV, TBS and USA. Most regional sports networks are not included, however, so you may want to consider bundling Frontier internet with the DirecTV Choice package if those are must-haves.

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  • Starting monthly price: $30 plus taxes and fees
  • Bundle savings: N/A
  • Max internet speeds: 60Mbps down, 5Mbps up
  • Channel count: 50-plus
  • Tech: Cable internet, cable TV

Mediacom is one of the few providers that doesn't sell stand-alone TV service. To get TV, you have to sign up for internet, which means there are technically no discounts for bundling because there are no TV plans to compare the pricing. Still, Mediacom has comparatively low bundle pricing, especially when it comes to its cheapest bundle. Access Internet 60 and Local TV starts at just $30 per month.

The Access Internet 60 plan is $20 per month on its own, which means adding the Local TV package will only cost you an additional $10 per month. That's a pretty good deal, even if it is just your local channels (remember Cox charges $53 for basically the same thing). 

For a little more channel variety, consider upgrading to Essential TV, which has 125-plus channels starting at $60 per month when bundled with Access Internet 60. And if you want regional sports networks, or any sports networks at all, including ESPN, you'll need to upgrade to the Variety TV package starting at $80 per month when bundled.

Mediacom does not offer any internet and streaming TV bundles, but if you plan to do some streaming using your Mediacom internet service, be mindful of the data cap. The Access Internet 60 plan comes with a data cap of 200GB per month and a fee of $10 for each 50GB block needed to compensate for your overage. Faster Mediacom internet plans come with more data, up to 6TB with gig service, but will cost you a bit more per month, of course. 

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  • Starting monthly price: $60 plus taxes and fees
  • Bundle savings: N/A
  • Max internet speeds: 100Mbps down, 5Mbps up
  • Channel count: 50-plus
  • Tech: Cable internet, cable TV

Like Mediacom, Optimum requires you to bundle with internet to get TV service, so there's no real "discount" available, but the bundles are still fairly priced. The cheapest internet and TV bundle, Optimum Internet 100 and Basic TV, starts at $60 ($30 for internet, an additional $30 for TV) per month for speeds up to 100Mbps and a channel lineup that includes mostly just your local networks.

Optimum makes it tempting to upgrade your internet or TV package, perhaps more than any other major provider, with low price increases for doing so. Upgrading from Internet 100 to 300, for example, is just $10 more per month for the first year. The jump from Basic TV to Optimum's next lowest-priced TV package, Optimum Core, will cost you a little more, $45 extra per month to be exact, but is well worth it. The package comes with more than 100 additional channels and includes regional sports channels like MSG and Yes Network.

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  • Starting monthly price: $70 plus taxes and fees
  • Bundle savings: $0 or $5 depending on TV package
  • Max internet speeds: 200Mbps down, 10Mbps up
  • Channel count: 60-plus
  • Tech: Cable internet, streaming TV

Spectrum likes to keep it simple and we like that, which is partly why the provider earned our top spot among best cable internet providers. In most service areas, Spectrum offers three internet plans and three cable TV plans, and customers are free to build a bundle with any combination of them. Bundling Spectrum internet with a cable TV plan will also get you a $5 discount, but your cheapest bundle option is actually with Spectrum's streaming service.

TV Essentials is available for an additional $20 per month to all Spectrum internet customers who do not sign up for a cable TV package. The streaming service comes with more than 60 live channels including AMC, Comedy Central, Discovery, Paramount Network, Nickelodeon, Viceland and more. Your locals aren't included, however, and neither are your regional sports networks. While local channels and regional sports would be nice, $20 per month for 60-plus major networks is still a good deal.

Spectrum's lowest-priced cable TV package, TV Select, does include your local channels and regional sports networks starting at just $45 per month. It's one of the lowest prices for a package that includes regional sports networks from any major provider and, again, comes with a $5 discount when bundled with internet. The Spectrum Internet and TV Select bundle starts at $90 ($50 for internet, $45 for TV, $5 discount) per month. Considering the speeds and channel selection, this internet and TV bundle is arguably the best bang for your buck of any featured in our list.

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  • Starting monthly price: $110 plus taxes and fees
  • Bundle savings: None
  • Max internet speeds: 300Mbps down, 300Mbps up
  • Channel count: 125-plus
  • Tech: Fiber internet, fiber TV

Verizon Fios and Your Fios TV is unique in that you get to choose five of your favorite networks and Verizon will custom-create a channel lineup of 125 or so networks based on your selections. That's pretty cool in itself, but the starting price of $110 for internet speeds up to 300Mbps and 125 channels is an excellent value.

Your regional sports networks aren't an option with the Your Fios TV package, unfortunately. For that, you'll need to upgrade to the More Fios TV package, starting at a bundled price of $125 per month when paired with Verizon Fios 300.

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  • Starting monthly price: $40 plus taxes and fees
  • Bundle savings: $20 per month
  • Max internet speeds: 50Mbps down, 4Mbps up
  • Channel count: 10-plus
  • Tech: Cable internet, cable TV

Finally, a decent discount for bundling internet and TV. Xfinity rewards customers for bundling with $10 off per added service, which means you can save $20 per month when getting Xfinity internet and TV together.

The bundle discount is available regardless of the internet plan or TV package you choose, including the cheapest combination: Xfinity Connect and Basic TV. Starting at $40 ($30 for internet, $30 for TV, $20 discount) per month, this Xfinity bundle offers speeds up to 50Mbps and a cable package that includes mostly just your local channels.

For $40 more per month, you can upgrade to the Xfinity Popular TV package, which comes with 100 or so more channels including regional sports networks. Upgrading your internet plan may be also worth the added cost as well -- Xfinity has five faster speed tiers, up to gig service with max speeds of 1,200Mbps in select locations -- but if 50Mbps and local channels are all you need, you can't go wrong with Xfinity Connect and Basic TV.

Internet and TV bundle FAQs

Is it better to bundle internet and TV?

If you plan on getting internet and TV anyway, you might as well bundle them. But before you do, make sure you're getting the internet speeds you need and the channels you want without a cheaper option available elsewhere. 

Signing up for a $70 cable package just to watch AMC, ESPN and TBS, for example, could have you paying more than necessary. Live TV streaming services offer similar channels to cable and often cost less -- Sling TV, for example, has those three channels and costs just $35. Additionally, many providers sell a "basic" or "locals only" TV package that charges you for channels you can get over the air for free with a digital antenna. On the other hand, if you want regional sports networks, a cable TV package may be your best (and sometimes only) option. 

To make things just a little more complicated, many internet providers now offer an internet and streaming bundle with streaming services such as YouTube TV, Sling TV, or their own exclusive streaming service in addition to traditional TV. We've included those bundles, when cheap, in the list above.

Is it cheaper to bundle internet and TV?

Bundling internet and TV together may come with a monthly discount depending on the provider. Spectrum and Xfinity both offer a bundle discount, but others including AT&T, Cox and Verizon Fios currently do not. Even if there is no discount available, bundling services may still save you money by cutting or combining installation and equipment costs.

Can I bundle internet and TV with different providers?

Many DSL and fiber providers, such as CenturyLink and Frontier, do not offer stand-alone TV service and instead partner with national providers, like DirecTV and Dish, or streaming services to offer bundles. In these cases, you'll be bundling internet and TV with different providers, and possibly get a discount for doing so.

If you just want internet from a fiber provider and TV from your local cable provider, however, a bundled package, especially one with a discount, is doubtful. There are no bundles, for example, available that combine internet from AT&T Fiber and TV from Xfinity. 

Is it cheaper to stream TV?

That depends on your entertainment demands. While on-demand streaming platforms like Disney Plus, Hulu and Netflix often come at a lower monthly price than most cable packages, they do not offer live channels. Streaming services that do have live TV -- like Hulu Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV -- may come at a monthly cost that approaches the price of a cable package. Equipment costs are typically lower and there may be more exclusive content available with a streaming service versus traditional cable, however. 

The bottom line is, like with home internet, choosing the cheapest TV option (streaming or otherwise), may not suit your needs. Before signing up for an internet and TV bundle, make sure the package includes the internet speeds you need and the channels you want.

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